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Giving Thanks for the Recipe!

By Tony Tench,  Thanksgiving Day My Mother is a great cook!  She always has been able to bring the skills to the kitchen.  We all have our favorites from her culinary repertoire.  There was a day when she would make cakes to order and she was in such demand that it liked to have worn her out — so she had to put the brakes on that idea. She has made all of her signature […]

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“Mommy, We’re Having a FEAST!!!” — a Thanksgiving Reflection

by Tony Tench Enjoying the pace of retirement from teaching, and getting in all the time possible to be an encouragement to Erin and be with our grand-girl and grand-boy (yes, ain’t life grand!), Janet was recently down in Greenwood, SC.  She and Erin, our daughter, were parked in line to pick up Mattie from school.  When Mattie was led out of her room by her teacher, not knowing Janet was going to be there, […]

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#SHINEforHim

By Missy Smith and others! Halloween is known as one of the darkest nights of the year and it does, indeed, have very dark origins. However, we are the church, the people of Jesus Christ! We know the LIGHT that is shown through Jesus, God’s son. The light that gives us hope, peace and joy. This is not a light that shines so brightly that it blinds you. No, it is a gentle light that […]

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Day 30

Day 30 — September 20, 2018 So, here we are, church family.  Day 30. The Equipping and Commissioning weekend is here!  We pray that your heart has been touched, as we have joined together in this reading. And that the Lord is speaking to you, as together we embark on this journey together.  He has given each of us a special gift and opportunities to use them in serving others and to bring Him glory.  […]

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Camp Miracles

Camp Miracles Day 29 — September 19, 2018 By Missy Smith I am blessed with a job where I can clearly see the true benefits of those who give of their time, talents and tithes to serve within the church. In particular, I am able to see this when people give of their finances to help children that would otherwise not have the opportunity, get to go and experience camp. Often times children that have […]

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The Significant Triangle

The Significant Triangle Day 28 — September 18, 2018 By Katie Graves My son loves music. Whether he’s singing in the car, playing the guitar on the sofa, playing the drums in the band at school or praise team at church… he’s always loved it. Percussion was his first love.  Quints, snare, trash cans, bells, triangle, box drum, tympani, countertops, his legs, dashboard in the car.  If you can beat it, he’s probably played it. One Easter, […]

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I Know Who I Know

I Know Who I Know Day 27 — September 17, 2018 By Tony Tench “I know who I know,” said our little friend and first grade son of our Minister of Students. That was his response to his aunt Donna as she was following him up the bleacher stairs at a college football game. On the way to their seat, Lavery stopped at the end of one of the rows and reached into the bag […]

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Sharing God’s Promises

Sharing God’s Promises Day 26 — September 16, 2018 By Dorothy Young One of my favorite Bible verses is one that was passed on to me by a close friend and neighbor.  Many of you may remember her:  Judy Francis.  We were neighbors for almost ten years.  Our children played together; Judy and I enjoyed crafting and painting while our husbands enjoyed talking around the potbelly stove in Ray’s woodworking shop.  It was a great […]

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Come On You Fellow Exhorters

Come On You Fellow Exhorters Day 25 — September 15, 2018 By Reggie Ledford As a disciple of Jesus, investigating and applying your spiritual gifting is a critical and exhilarating part of any person’s spiritual journey. Soon after becoming a member of First Baptist, Shelby, I was able to join in a Masterlife course led by Reverend Billy Cooper, the Minister of Education at that time. MasterLife is a developmental, small-group discipleship process that will […]

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Mary and Martha

Mary and Martha Day 24 — September 14, 2018 By Jennifer Jennings The familiar story of Mary and Martha is one of my favorite stories in the Gospels. However, I think too often, we are quick to say in this story that Mary or Martha is the “bad” guy, when in reality that’s not the story. There is no bad guy. Mary and Martha are both doing their part. In the first century, the early […]

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